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Part 5: Filing Documents

A Guide to Procedures in Family Court

Ministry of the Attorney General

June 2010, Revised July 2015

This guide does not provide legal advice. It is recommended that all parties seek legal advice where possible.

Inside this guide

  1. Information Before You Start
  2. Starting a Family Case
    • Application (General)
    • Simple Application – Divorce only
    • Joint Application
  3. Answers
  4. Financial Statements
  5. Filing Documents
  6. Serving Documents
  7. Required Steps
    • Mandatory Information Program
    • First Court Date
    • Conferences
  8. Motions
  9. Trial

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Filing a document means that you are giving the court a document, usually the original that:

Rule 9: Continuing Record of the Family Law Rules requires that you file every document in your case in a continuing record so that the judge can find it easily when it is needed. The continuing record is kept in the court file at the court office.

The continuing record contains two volumes, the endorsement volume and documents volume.

There is also a table of contents, which lists all documents that have been filed with the court. You must update the table of contents each time you file a document with the court. Each party is responsible for updating the table of contents with any document they add to the continuing record.

The table of contents is contained in the endorsements volume of the continuing record. The endorsements volume has a yellow cover and includes all of the judge’s endorsements and the orders made in the case.

The documents volume of the continuing record contains the documents that have been filed in the case, including applications, answers, replies, affidavits of service, financial statements, motions, affidavits and trial management conference briefs.

While it is the parties that are responsible for creating the continuing record, if you do not have a lawyer, court staff will provide you with the materials to help you make a continuing record and may be able to help you determine where a certain document goes.

You are responsible for updating the table of contents whenever you file a document with the court.

For more information on the formal requirements of the continuing record, see Rule 9: Continuing Record of the Family Law Rules, which can be found on the Ministry of the Attorney General’s website at www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca. Click on “Family Justice”, then scroll down and click on “Family Law Rules”. These requirements can also be found at www.ontariocourtforms.on.ca.